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Slim Browser - Browser for Windows

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  Configuring SlimBrowser:

To enjoy all, or at least most, of what the Internet has to offer, it is necessary to configure your browser correctly.

Configuring SlimBrowser is the same as configuring Internet Explorer.  You configure it in the same place.  To configure SlimBrowser, do the following:

On the Toolbar, click Tools and select Internet Options from the menu.

 

Setting the Home Page:

The Internet Options window opens.

On the General tab you'll see three sections:  Home page, Temporary Internet files, and History.

The Home page section is where you'll enter the address of your home page.  The home page is the first page that opens when you launch your browser.

Address  =  enter the address of any page you'd like.  In this example, I entered "http://www.netfaqs.com/".

 

Clearing the cache, cookies, and history:

Cache  =  the cache is a folder containing all the files (text and images) of the sites you visit.  Every word, icon, photo, etc. of the pages you visit are stored in this folder.  Depending on your surfing habits, they can build up quickly.  They should be deleted periodically to improve browsing performance.

To delete the cache, click the Delete Files button located in the middle of the screen.

Cookies  =  cookies are a necessary evil on the Internet.  Cookies are small files left on your computer to aid in quicker access upon return.  However, some sites gather information from you through the use of cookies.  As annoying as they can be, you need them to be able to access certain sites (i.e., bank and credit union sites).  Without them you cannot access these sites and certain others.

To delete the cookies, click the Delete Cookies button located in the middle of the screen.

History  =  the history is a folder containing a list of every site visited during a certain time period.

To clear the history folder, click the Clear History button located towards the bottom, right corner of the screen.

 

Another, and even quicker, way of clearing the cache, cookies, and history is to do this through SlimBrowser itself.

On the Toolbar, click Tools, select Clean Trace and then Clean All Trace from the menus.

 

Setting ActiveX controls:

Select the Security tab.

The Security tab is where you'll set you ActiveX controls preferences.  The best setting would be the Default Level (Medium).  It prompts you before downloading potentially unsafe content, yet still allows you to browse safely through Internet sites.

 

Setting the Cookies acceptance policies:

Select the Privacy tab.

The Privacy tab is where you stipulate your cookies acceptance policies.

Cookies are a necessary evil on the Internet.  Cookies are small files left on your computer to aid in quicker access upon return.  However, some sites gather information from you through the use of cookies.  As annoying as they can be, you need them to be able to access certain sites (i.e., bank and credit union sites).  Without them you cannot access these sites and certain others.

The Default (Medium) level is safe yet functional.

 

Setting the Content Advisor and AutoComplete:

Select the Content tab.

On the Content tab you'll see three sections:  Content Advisor, Certificates, and Personal Information.  We'll discuss two of these.

Content Advisor  =  the Content Advisor is a way of filtering out inappropriate Internet pages, such as pornographic, violent, or risqué material.  It is very inconvenient and not the most efficient at blocking these sites.  If you'd like to block these types of sites, most ISPs offer proxy filtering.  To learn about proxy filtering, click here.

Personal Information  =  AutoComplete allows you to enable SlimBrowser to complete the information you're typing in.  For example, you can have SlimBrowser remember the passwords you type when you go to your Webmail, the addresses you enter when surfing.  You can click on the AutoComplete button to enable, disable, and/or clear this information.

 

Select the Connections tab.

The Connections tab contains two sections:  Dial-up and Virtual Private Network settings, and Local Area Network (LAN) settings.  For Dial-up Networking, you need only worry about the first.

Dial-up and Virtual Private Network settings  =  here, by clicking Add or Remove you can create/delete connections.  You can also edit them by clicking Settings.

By selecting a default connection, you can enable SlimBrowser to automatically connect (dial up) to the Internet when you launch it.

 

Select the Advanced tab.

The Advanced tab contains myriad options; however, the default settings are more than adequate.

 

Configuring the Proxies:

Most Internet Service Providers offer many services.  Two of these services are content filtering and browsing acceleration.  Both of these can be edited here in the proxy setup.

Content filtering  =  blocks access to unwanted and undesirable web content such as pornographic, violent, or risqué sites.  Contact your Internet Service Provider to see if this service is offered.

Browsing acceleration  =  BrowseBlast is a service that can speed up your dial-up connection's browsing and e-mail downloading up to 6 times faster.  If you don't already have BrowseBlast, you can contact your ISP for more details.

If you know the address and port your ISP utilizes for these services, you can enter them in now.  Do the following:

On the Toolbar, click Tools, select Proxies and then Organize Proxies from the menus.

 

In the left-hand column, highlight the Proxy category.

Down below, click the Add button.

The Proxy Organizer window appears.

Name  =  give the proxy server a name.  In these examples, we entered the name "Filter" and "BrowseBlast".
The screen on the left shows settings for Filtering whereas the screen on the right is for BrowseBlast.  The proxy addresses and ports are available from your ISP support center.

Click OK to close the Proxy Server window.

 

 

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